Malawi Phoka Hills Womens Filter Coffee

$ 19.00$ 50.00

Sweet with crisp acidity. Currants, plums, jammy, milk chocolate.

Region: Phoka Hills, Nyika Plateau
Variety: Nyika, Geisha, Catimor 129 & Several Local Varieties
Process: Washed
Altitude: 1,300 – 2,500 masl


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This is an AB Plus grade blend of coffees from the Mzuzu Cooperative. Farms and producers who are considered a part of the Mzuzu Coop are primarily located in the northern districts of Malawi from Mzimba upwards. Most recently they have also begun supporting a number of smallholder projects in Central Malawi and more particularly in the Ntchisi East district, between the town of Kasungu and lake Malawi. There are approximately 2,700 small scale farmers working within these cooperative districts of which about 25% are women. Since 2012, Mzuzu have run a “women in coffee” programme to empower women farmers and increase their personal income by selling ‘coffee grown by women’ to buyers all over the world. The women’s coffee premium goes back to the farmer, and also funds women’s activities run by the Union and a scheme for small loans.

Thanks to Fairtrade and their commitment to producing high quality coffees, they have been able to provide good living conditions, food security and access to good quality education to every smallholder coffee farming family who forms part of the Cooperative. The coffees grown are a mixture of Catimor 129, Nyika Catimor and a small percentage of Geisha – inherited from the early days of the cooperative movement – and are all fully washed and sun dried. Through the past years they have been able to build their own washing stations, cupping laboratories and they count with trained cuppers in all zones and central cupping laboratory. They also have a central mill, hulling and storage facilities.

Coffee was introduced to Malawi in 1878 from a single tree taken from Edinburgh’s Royal Botanical Gardens. During this time, commercial growing areas were mainly concentrated in Thyolo and Mulanje.

The coffee industry is now divided into Estates and Small holders. Most of the Estates don’t take coffee as their major crop, cultivating tea, macadamia and Tobacco as their major crops. Currently there are around 3000 small holder coffee farmers in Malawi. They are organized into 6 Cooperatives in different regions of Malawi: Misuku, Phoka, Viphya, North, Nkhatabay Highlands, South East Mzimba and Ntchisi East. This sector produces between 350 to 450 mt of coffee annually.

Under the small holder’s sector, more cooperatives can be promoted in order to cover new districts in Malawi. It is estimated that around 10000 to 20000 ha can be developed. Currently the country only produces 1500 mt of coffee per year but this can be increased to 20000 mt if further investments are made into the coffee growing industry.